What Would A Muslim Say:

Conversations, Questions, and Answers About Islam


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Questions on Islamic Law and Lifestyle.


Questions on War and Peace in Islam.


Questions on the Islamic Worldview and Civilization.


Questions on Islamic Philosophy and Morality.

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A Message from the Author

Are Islam and the West locked in a deadly clash of civilizations?

Is Islam compatible with democracy and human rights?

Will religious fundamentalism block the development of modern societies in the Islamic world?

Are Muslims commanded to deceive non-Muslims in any way, at any time, if it serves Islam?

Is ISIS a representation of “true” Islam or a radical corruption?

And why is there so much conflicting information?

Many Americans have been deliberately misinformed about what Islam actually stands for. There is a constant uninformed chatter about what Islam is really all about. The majority of people have never met a Muslim, so it is easy for the majority of people to accept this propaganda. I believe these books can answer questions, build bridges, and promote understanding.

Since 2002, I have facilitated interfaith dialogues with many different people. The conversations in these books are real. Some are curious, some are concerned, some are hostile, some are academic, and some are soul-searching. These transcripts showcase everyday people — from angry and concerned to inquisitive and supportive — asking real questions and getting straight answers about Islam. My hope is that this can be a small step towards better understanding and harmony.

It is a dark time we live in, but we are pushing back against the ignorance and fear and hatred with patience and authentic information and knowledge.

REMEMBER: With dialogue, comes understanding. . .

Ahmed Lotfy Rashed

Readers Say

“There’s never been a more important time for interfaith dialogue than now. Rashed explains how the tenets of his religion forbid the sort of behaviour shown by extremist groups. At the same time, he doesn’t sugar-coat the religion’s ethics. Overall, I find it a balanced and informative book and would recommend it.”

Allister N. Thompson

Freelance Editor

Loved this book! The format is new and innovative, and the content is very informative. Instead of a question/answer straight out format, it’s a series of written conversations between two people. It doesn’t read as contrived or scripted and gave me new insight into the Muslim faith.”

Lily Shadowlyn

The Faerie Review

“Reading What Would a Muslim Say felt like taking a journey in the minds and hearts of people and what they feel and think about Islam and Muslims. The questions are honest and reflect the thirst that people have to understand and explore what Islam is about. Ahmed Rashed remained focused in his answers even when it got really tough or emotional. He kept the answers balanced as they were also honest and spoke to the level of the person asking the questions with no judgement and with extreme patience, representing what Islam stands for and what good Muslims are like.”

Hoda Elsharkawi

Muslim Chaplain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Typically, we find books on Islam that only cover the basics, but lacking personality and style. One of the unique traits of my teacher and colleague, Ahmed Rashed, is his ability to be methodical, precise and eloquent simultaneously rather than at the expense of the other. When I was reading this, I found the combination of content from scripture to prophetic tradition and then historical perspectives along with striking metaphors and analogies to be extraordinary. Hopefully this booklet and What Would a Muslim Say are only the beginning.”

Safwan Eid

Imam, Islamic Center of Saginaw
Muslim Chaplain, Boston Medical Center

- Andrew K

"What I love about Ahmed Lotfy Rashed’s work is that he gives concise and thorough answers and explanations of Islamic doctrines without in any way making the reader feel he is being confrontational or cringingly apologetic. Ahmed knows his own faith and patiently shares his beliefs while maintaining a considerate and accessible voice. There are exchanges he shares which honestly reflect Islam as well as show that not every faith can be all things to all people. He remains polite and nonconfrontational, but also refuses to distort or misrepresent his faith. Ahmed has done a remarkable job – using a friendly and honest tone – in not just sharing his faith, but honestly chronicling his communication with those wishing to understand. The friendly, conversational tone made this a religion book which was actually fun to read."

- Suze

"An excellent book formatted as a conversation between people searching for answers and one who lives and breathes Islam. This is a good book to assist those just beginning their education on Islam. I was amazed that both people searching for answers, and those attempting to debunk the religion were featured. Honest, intelligent answers were given in either case. I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for God."

- A. Deyein

"Very insightful and informative. The author answers all questions with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. Through his answers he encourages discourse, which is what we need more of in this increasingly divisive world."

- Kimmy

"The author should know that his grace and tact in answering questions was most appreciated in reading this book. I wish we had more people to answer questions as eloquently as he did here. I would recommend the book to both Muslims and non-Muslims and found that a lot of my own questions were answered completely. Thank you dearly!"

- D. Miller

"For an interesting discussion of what a learner may ask about Islam, this book is exceptionally well done. These days, much information regarding Islam (and about any other subject) is twisted to support an agenda. Coming to a source of information without a filter is refreshing and informational. As I am not associated with any established religious sect, I enjoy learning about how others see the world and their beliefs, compare them to my own, and gain from them. While I will not be adopting Islam as my religion, I learned through Mr. Rashed's work that I share many beliefs with Islam. I especially enjoyed the support of research and science... something that I find lacking in too many Christian beliefs."

- Kashif

"I have presented Islam myself in different religious organization and public schools for the last 7 years. This book is the essence of the teachings of Islam. It removes the common misconceptions against Islam. It answers the most asked questions by non-Muslims. A must have!"

- E. Setiadi

"This book is a collection of e-mail correspondences between the author, interfaith instructor Ahmed Lotfy Rashed, and real-life people asking real-life questions. I'm talking about genuine questions like: Why do Muslims are living the same way as 1400 years ago with no progress? Why do Muslims support terrorist attacks? Why do Muslim women wear a head scarf? Why are women oppressed in Muslim countries? And many more, including questions on those conflicting passages in the Qur'an that leads to misinterpretations by extremists. It is one of the most direct books that tackles the hot pressing topics on Islam right now, an absolutely vital book to read for those who are skeptical to, or even aggressive towards, Islam. It is also, in a way, a good guidebook for Muslims who constantly being harassed and attacked based on their beliefs, on how to calmly and respectfully answer and straightened the wrong accusations. The author repeatedly says “With dialogue comes understanding", and that is ultimately what this book does."

- Maimona

"Alhamdulillah, I was born to Muslim parents and was lucky enough to learn how to read the Quran and Hadith from my childhood. I am really thankful, but sometimes even after all these blessings I get affected by media and the views people have about Muslims and Islam. I myself started to doubt my own faith and for the past couple of months have been working on coming back and learning my religion over again with the same love I did before. This brings me to the topics that are discussed in this book. This book really provides very great sources and some in deep discussions about topics often misunderstood and misinterpreted through media. This book is really enlightening and awakening to me. Thank you so much for sharing this conversation which are still relevant to us today. Great book to read!"

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